Given all the doom and gloom around pub closures, it's great to report on a reopening.
After the death of the legendary Kim Tickell in 1990, the Tickell Arms, Whittlesford
operated primarily as a high-end restaurant until it closed altogether a couple of years
back. Happily it's now in the hands of CambsCuisine, who run the two Chop Houses in
Cambridge as well as the Cock, Hemingford Grey and the Boathouse, Ely.
This edition of ALE went to press just before the pub reopened but Ollie Thain from
CambsCuisine kindly gave us a sneak preview. The left hand side of the building now
operates as a pub and the right hand as a restaurant. The pub part includes a small back
room, created out of a former kitchen area, and has its own garden, complete with
verandah. This will develop as a cottage garden in contrast to the more formal layout on
the restaurant side, still dominated by the large oblong pond. The four real ales comprise
Milton's Nero stout (instead of Guinness) plus beers from Milton and other local
breweries. Cromwell Cider is also on the bar. No "knife and fork" food is served in the pub
area. New kitchens, toilet block and conservatory have been built and the outside is
painted in a pleasanter shade of blue than before.
When we called, opening was only ten days away and an awful lot still seemed to need
doing - but no doubt it all came together on time. We'll report further in the next issue.